India win T20 series against Australia 4-1

Wednesday 06th December 2023 05:24 EST

A superb bowling effort combined with Shreyas Iyer's gritty batting helped India beat Australia by six runs in the fifth and final T20I series against Australia in Bengaluru. India, who were asked to bat first, piled 160/8 in 20 overs and Australia could only manage 154/8 in response.
Iyer smashed 53 off 37 balls and found some support from Jitesh Sharma and Axar Patel in the middle overs. Jitesh chipped in with 16-ball 24, while Axar scored 31 in 21 deliveries.
Mukesh Kumar and Ravi Bishnoi then made early injections as Australia lost both openers Travis Head and Josh Phillipe in the powerplay overs. Mukesh removed Phillipe, while Bishnoi cleaned up Head for 28 (18). Australia, who are chasing 161, accumulated 50/2 at the end of powerplay. Bishnoi then removed Aaron Hardie for 6 (10) in his next over.
Tim David and Ben McDermott then added 47 runs for the fourth wicket before Axar broke the stand. He removed David. McDermott, on the other hand, completed his half-century before falling against Arshdeep Singh for 54 (36). Mukesh Kumar then removed Matthew Short (16 off 11) and Ben Dwarshuis (0) in consecutive deliveries.
Matthew Wade kept Australia in hunt before getting out to Arshdeep Singh for 22 (15) in the final over.
Earlier, India got off to a brisk start before Australia crashed the party and removed openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad inside powerplay overs. Jaiswal was removed by Jason Behrendorff for 21(15), while Gaikwad fell for 10 (12) against Ben Dwarshuis. Dwarshuis then got rid of Suryakumar Yadav in the next over, packing the Indian skipper for 5 (7).
Australia continued to make inroads as Tanveer Sangha removed Rinku Singh for 6 (8), reducing India to 55/4 in 9.1 overs.
Both teams have made one change each in their playing XIs. Nathan Ellis got some game time and replaced Chris Green. Deepak Chahar, on the other hand, has flown back home due to medical emergency and is replaced by Arshdeep Singh.

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